Help Shape Minnesota’s Next Statewide Historic Preservation Plan

The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) is updating Minnesota’s statewide historic preservation plan and your help is needed. The current plan, Gaining Ground: A Preservation Plan for Minnesota’s Historic Properties, 2006-2010 has served the SHPO well, but it is time to evaluate the  successes and failures of the past, and then build on these lessons to forge a strategy for the next five years.

The SHPO will convene a series of facilitated meetings across the state over the next two months, one in the metro area and five in greater Minnesota. These meetings kick off the planning process that will help form the foundation for the new plan. Each meeting is scheduled to last no more than two hours and refreshments will be provided.

The purpose is to gather feedback from historic preservation stakeholders that will a) assist in evaluating how successfully the goals of the 2006 Statewide Historic Preservation Plan were carried out, and, b) identify common themes that will provide direction and help establish the priorities of the new statewide plan. Please plan to attend one of the meetings listed below.

For anyone planning on attending, we have included a quick guide to some of the priorities that we see for the future of successful historic preservation in Minnesota.

Date: Thurs., February 24, 2011
Time: 3 p.m.
City: Minneapolis
Location: Christ Church Lutheran, 3244 34th Avenue S. (Lower Level)

Date: Tues., March 15, 2011
Time: 3 p.m.
City: Rochester
Location: Rochester Public Library, 101 2nd Street S.E.

Date: Tues., April 5, 2011
Time: 1 p.m.
City: Marshall
Location: Marshall-Lyon County Public Library, 301 W. Lyon Street (Lower Level)

Date: Thurs., April 7, 2011
Time: 1 p.m.
City: Virginia
Location: B’Nai Abraham Synagogue, 328 S. 5th Street

Date: Tues., April 12, 2011
Time: 3 p.m.
City: Bemidji
Location: American Indian Resource Center, Bemidji State University, 1500 Birchmont Drive N.E.

Date: Wed., April 13, 2011
Time: 11 a.m.
City: Little Falls
Location: Charles A. Lindbergh House Visitor Center, 1620 Lindbergh Drive S.

There will be an announcement soon about other opportunities for gathering your feedback into the planning process, including an on-line survey.

Watch for more information

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